Author(s): Rebecca Wittman


This new paperback edition of Rebecca Wittman's magnum opus answers every boater's questions about creating, maintaining, and restoring the deep lustrous glow to any boat's wood trim. Readers learn how to diagnose and cure a deteriorating finish, when cracked and flaking varnish can be patched and when it must be stripped and a new finish applied, how much sanding is truly necessary, and much more.


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Rebecca Wittman cofounded The Teak Twins custom yacht refinishers in 1978 and has taught classes at Seattle's Center for Wooden Boats.

Preface: How to use this book Part One: An Introduction Chapter 1. The Heart of It: Making a commitment Chapter 2. Sad and Sorry Brightwork: A cautionary note for new boatowners Chapter 3. Choosing Finishes: Understanding your woods and how to dress them Chapter 4. About Varnish: The history of varnish, and how it is made Part Two: The Refinishing Program Chapter 5. The Yacht Refinishing Commandments: A basic set of precepts for the dedicated refinisher Chapter 6. Organizing Your Brightwork Thoughts: Planning the work, reading the weather, shopping for what you'll need, and preparing the boat Chapter 7. Stripping Old Finishes: Bleaching off oil finishes, and using heat guns, chemical strippers, scraping, and sanding to remove old varnish Chapter 8. Intermediate Prep Work: Sanding stripped wood, bleaching out stains, cleaning the surfaces Chapter 9. The Varnishing Prelude: Pastewood fillers, stains, and sealers Chapter 10. Oiling: As an exterior or interior finish, and as a method of sealing wood before varnishing Chapter 11. Varnishing: Instructions for interior and exterior varnishing, varnishing failures and their causes Chapter 12. Maintaining and Repairing Varnish: Protecting your beautiful finish, setting up a maintenance schedule, the varnish first-aid kit, determining when to refresh and when to strip again Chapter 13. Two Special Brightwork Projects: Spars and cabin soles Chapter 14. Rescuing Teak Decks: How to bring them back to life Chapter 15. Dockside Refinishing Etiquette: Rules for getting along on the dock Part Three: Tools and Materials Chapter 16. Tools: What works best for the job Chapter 17. Materials: Stocking up on what you'll need, with recommendations for the best products Appendix I. Safety for the Refinisher: How to ensure your own safety, and that of the environment Appendix II. The Brightwork Refinisher's Dictionary: From "abrasive" to "Ziploc" Conclusion: A Brightwork Junkie's Philosophy Bibliography Index Photo Credits

General Fields

  • : 9780071486576
  • : mcgraw
  • : mcgraw
  • : 0.627
  • : January 2007
  • : 245mm X 208mm X 14mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rebecca Wittman
  • : Paperback
  • : 797.1
  • : 192
  • : illustrations